WVU Hits Road For Texas Tech

WVU set for Ahmad's return in top 10 matchup

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The next 13 games of the round-robin promise more white-knuckle drama, starting with the Jayhawks visiting Morgantown on Monday night.

Oklahoma snapped the Red Raiders' winning streak on Tuesday. In the Baylor game, the Mountaineers couldn't seem to buy a shot.

The Red Raiders have had a phenomenal start to the season, going 4-1 over ranked opponents.

West Virginia will get another offensive weapon this weekend with Esa Ahmad eligible to play after serving his suspension. This year's team is different and they didn't lose, they played relentless defense and Jevon Carter was such a veteran all game.

Devonte Graham had 23 points, and Malik Newman hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left for Kansas.

The Mountaineers are legit, there's no question about it, and now it finally seems Bob Huggins and West Virginia are getting the recognition they deserve.

There aren't many hospitable road trips in the Big 12 and the Mountaineers certainly know Lubbock, Texas, isn't an easy place to win.

Once again, missed free throws by the Mountaineers contributed to the two overtime periods.

The Red Raiders are now ranked No. 8 on the AP Top 25, with a loss to No. 9 Oklahoma and a win over No. 2 West Virginia heading into next week's rankings.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said his team will prepare for Ahmad to play his usual allotment of minutes. Smith leads in rebounds with 4.4 while Evans tops in assists with 1.4 per game. Evans also has a lot of weapons with him on this team too.

Three players are averaging at least 10.3 points per game for Texas Tech, they are: Evans (17.3), Zhaire Smith (10.4) and Jarrett Culver (10.3).

The Mountaineers are 10-2 all-time versus the Red Raiders and won 7 of the last 8.

It was the first time Texas Tech won a Top 10 matchup. Two seniors and one junior start and as a team, TTU starts four seniors.

If Ahmad can give West Virginia this year what he did last season, that's 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, plus 31 steals and 21 blocks.

With the win, the Red Raiders (15-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12) improved their home record to 12-0.

Texas Tech only made four three-pointers as a team but made up for it by going 24/28 from the charity stripe, while only committing 13 turnovers.

Despite carrying a seven-point lead after a promising first half, West Virginia was outscored 41-33 in the second half and failed to build off leads, allowing Texas Tech to take advantage of multiple miscues.

Congressman Jodey Arrington sat courtside for the big win. Sagaba Konate leads in rebounds with 7.5 while Carter tops in assists with 6.8 per game.

"You'll just have to wait and see", Huggins said during Thursday's Big 12 teleconference. He can also get hot from three-point range.

Arizona 90, OR 83: Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 24 and No. 17 Arizona used a late run to outlast Oregon. Defensively, West Virginia yields 64.9 points against the opposing teams.

The surge that got the Red Raiders back in the game was a good illustration of the depth Texas Tech will likely rely on in the Big 12.

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